The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala will be opened on Wednesday afternoon for the monthly rituals in the Malayalam month of Thulam that begins on Thursday.

The Melsanthi, N. Damodaran Potti, will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday. The temple will remain open till 10 p.m.

The Tantri (chief priest), Kandararu Maheswararu, assisted by the Melsanthi and other priests, will prepare Kalasom (holy water) in 1,000 copper urns and Brahmakalasom in a golden vessel on Wednesday evening for Sahasrakalasabhishekom on Thursday morning.

The five-day monthly rituals will begin with the auspicious Ashtadravya Ganapati Homom early in the morning. Kalabhabhishekom, Padipuja, Pushpabhishekom, Ashtabhishekom and Udayasthamanapuja are the other rituals to be held at the temple, according to Devaswom authorities.

The Ayyappa temple will be closed after Athazhapuja on October 21 evening.

Draw of lots

The draw of lots to select the new Melsanthis at the Ayyappa temple and the Malikappuram Devi temple will be held at the respective temple Sopanam on Thursday morning.

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